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The surprising upsides of the prions behind horrifying brain diseases

Mié, 10/11/2021 - 12:00
Infectious proteins called prions that turn brains to sponge have been implicated in some horrible diseases, but it turns out that we couldn't survive without them

Cosmogramma review: An eclectic mix of sci-fi and cosmic horror tales

Mié, 10/11/2021 - 12:00
An exciting collection of short stories by Courttia Newland covers a lot of interesting ground, finds Robyn Chowdhury

Sterile neutrinos could explain dark matter – if we can find them

Mié, 10/11/2021 - 12:00
There are good reasons to think that neutrinos have a shy cousin that could explain dark matter, but searches have so far come up empty, writes Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

How an upgrade on calculus is taking maths into uncharted territory

Mié, 10/11/2021 - 12:00
A rapidly evolving field of mathematics called fractional calculus can reveal the finest details of physical processes, allowing engineers to improve everything from anaesthesia to batteries

Medicine must stop using race and ethnicity to interpret test results

Mié, 10/11/2021 - 12:00
Relying on race and ethnicity when interpreting medical test results can harm patients. It must stop, say Layal Liverpool and Jennifer Tsai

Sticky review: Everything you could ever want to know about surfaces

Mié, 10/11/2021 - 12:00
Surfaces rarely get a second thought, but Laurie Winkless's new book explains the fascinating science behind them, finds Gege Li

How a universal flu vaccine could prevent the next pandemic

Mié, 10/11/2021 - 10:20
Even now, the risk of a deadly flu pandemic is an ever-present danger. But progress on a universal vaccine could protect us and remove the need for annual jabs

Chimpanzees dislike the smell of death like we do

Mié, 10/11/2021 - 10:08
Some chimpanzees will carry around an infant that did not survive, which made researchers wonder if they are as sensitive to the chemicals that produce odours in dead bodies

Covid-resistant people point way to universal coronavirus vaccine

Mié, 10/11/2021 - 10:00
The discovery that some healthcare workers had pre-existing immunity to covid-19 could lead to vaccines that protect against a much wider range of coronaviruses.

Origins of Japanese and Turkish language family traced back 9000 years

Mié, 10/11/2021 - 10:00
Millet farmers living 9000 years ago in what is now north-east China may have spoken a proto-Transeurasian language that gave rise to Japanese, Turkish and other modern tongues

Psilocybin therapy steps closer to credibility with largest trial yet

Mié, 10/11/2021 - 09:45
Promising results from a psilocybin trial suggest that psychedelic therapies for depression could help some – but not all – people who don't respond to conventional antidepressants

Covid-19 news: Booster shots now mandatory for French vaccine passes

Mié, 10/11/2021 - 06:26
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic

Will a scramble to mine metals undermine the clean energy revolution?

Mié, 10/11/2021 - 06:00
Creating green technologies like batteries and solar panels requires a lot of minerals, and a lot of mining. The challenge now is to extract what we need without destroying the environment

First draft of COP26 agreement urges countries to revisit their plans

Mié, 10/11/2021 - 03:48
Published early this morning, the first draft of the COP26 cover decision that is due to be agreed this week urges countries to “revisit and strengthen” their 2030 climate plans by the end of 2022.

Asian honeybees scream in alarm when giant hornets attack the hive

Mar, 09/11/2021 - 18:01
Asian honeybees produce what has been described as a disturbing scream-like sound when their hive is attacked by giant hornets

COP26 news: First draft of Glasgow agreement expected today

Mar, 09/11/2021 - 12:07
The key outcome of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow is known as the cover decision, a draft of which is expected to be published soon. Plus, the UK announced plans to fund nuclear technology

Lost capital city of the Mongol Empire was far bigger than thought

Mar, 09/11/2021 - 12:00
The city, built by the son of Genghis Khan, was once thought to be about one-tenth as big as it actually was

Marsquakes happen more often during the planet’s northern summer

Mar, 09/11/2021 - 11:19
The NASA Insight lander has measured the frequency of shallow marsquakes and found they are more common when it is summer in Mars’s northern hemisphere

A strange barrier is keeping cosmic rays out of the Milky Way’s centre

Mar, 09/11/2021 - 10:00
The very centre of the Milky Way has an unexpectedly low density of cosmic rays compared with the rest of the galaxy, which means that they are somehow being kept out

We need behaviour change to beat climate crisis, says Patrick Vallance

Mar, 09/11/2021 - 09:18
Speaking at the COP26 summit, the UK's chief scientific adviser says the country must do more to change lifestyles in order to meet its climate goals